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Lao Peng You’s dumplings and noodles are two of Chicago’s most impressive Chinese dishes.
Garrett Sweet

The 20 Essential Chinese Restaurants in Chicago

Explore the various regional flavors of China

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Lao Peng You’s dumplings and noodles are two of Chicago’s most impressive Chinese dishes.
| Garrett Sweet

General Tso’s chicken. Beef and broccoli. Chow fun. These staples can be found at almost any Chinese restaurant. But there are many more delicious options beyond the usual lineup of American Chinese fare. From spicy Sichuan cooking to dim sum, the depth of Chinese cuisine is on full display at the following 20 spots. And while Chinatown is the mecca, there are also great places on the North Side and even the suburbs. The latest additions to the list include Lao Peng You, D Cuisine, and Jade Court.

As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room, or 25 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Chef Ping

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One of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicagoland is located out in Rolling Meadows. The American Chinese go-tos are always safe bets, but it’s the homestyle dishes that really set Chef Ping apart. Try the Gan Pong recipes — fried proteins in a sweet and spicy sauce — or old-time favorites such as shredded pork with yellow leeks. Online ordering is available here.

Sun Wah BBQ

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Guests are greeted by the sight of hanging meats like barbecued pork and salt-baked chicken at this beloved Uptown eatery. But the main attraction here is the Peking duck feast. A whole roasted duck is carved tableside and served with steamed bao, garnishes, and hoisin sauce. The remains are then used to make duck soup and fried rice. Call ahead to reserve the duck; alcohol is BYO.

Three duck baos on a plate.
Sun Wah is renowned for its Peking duck.
Sun Wah BBQ [Official Photo]

There are many places to get dim sum in Chicago but very few are still doing it like Furama. On weekends, servers push carts of food around the room for guests to choose from. The iconic dining experience features baskets of shrimp dumplings, barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, and more. Click here for orders to go.

D Cuisine

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The North Side is a relative dim sum desert but this Lincoln Park tearoom gives Chicagoans a reason to venture outside of Chinatown for their fill of buns and dumplings. D Cuisine makes its dim sum in-house and offers a full lineup all day long. Munch on classics like siu mai, chicken feet, and congee or go with the Guangzhou-style roasted chicken for an impeccable large course. Online orders can be placed here.

A variety of dim sum spread out on a table.
D Cuisine provides the North Side with another dim sum option.
D Cuisine [Official Photo]

Chengdu Impression

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Set taste buds on fire with copious amounts of chilis and peppercorns. Lincoln Park’s Sichuan expert satisfies mala — the province’s famous mouth-numbing flavor — cravings with choices like mapo tofu, dandan noodles, and dry chili chicken. They provide warming comfort during the cold season and leave a lasting impression. Online ordering is done here.

A plate of dry chili chicken.
Clear the sinuses with Chengdu Impression’s dry chili chicken.
Chengdu Impression [Official Photo]

Lao Peng You

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Brothers Daniel and Eric Wat opened this small West Town restaurant in late 2019 and quickly earned recognition for their handmade specialties. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories and family recipes, the two have created exceptional dumplings swimming in hot and sour broth and noodles available two ways — cold or in soups. Be sure to save some room for the lamb-cumin flatbread too. Lao Peng You currently accepts orders for pickup and lunch delivery.

A circular plated filled with Chinese dumplings.
Lao Peng You’s fresh dumplings arrive in a hot and sour broth.
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Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

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Arguably the finest dumplings in Chicago can be had in Chinatown. QXY specializes in soup dumplings filled with everything from pork and lamb to premium ingredients like lobster and sea urchin. Barbecue skewers are popular as well. Click here to order.

Dumplings, side dishes, a teapot, utensils, and more laid out on a table.
Diners have a seemingly endless amount of dumpling options at QXY.
Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings [Official Photo]

Tsaocaa

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Originally hailing from China, this café chain doles out a variety of milk teas. Customers can have them blended with fruits or topped with extras like a foamy layer of milk, cream cheese, and salt — a variation known as cheese tea. There are also food items like fried chicken, Hong-Kong-style egg waffles, and shaved ice. Online ordering is available on Tsaocaa’s site.

Five cups of milk tea on a table.
Customers can customize their milk teas with lots of extras at Tsaocaa.
Tsaocaa [Official Photo]

Phoenix Restaurant

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Considered by some to be Chinatown’s premier restaurant, Phoenix has it all. The neighborhood stalwart treats diners to dim sum served from push carts and multi-course, family-style meals consisting of all of the essential Cantonese dishes. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Baskets of dim sum on a table.
Phoenix has been a fixture in Chinatown since 1996.
Phoenix Restaurant [Official Photo]

MCCB (which stands for Modern Chinese Cook Book) takes a contemporary approach to Sichuan cuisine. The signature dish — a Chongqing specialty — stars grilled whole fish bathing in fiery chili broth. Dry chili shrimp, spicy Chengdu dumplings, and twice-cooked pork also warrant a try. Ordering can be done here.

A plate of Chongqing-style spicy fish.
Dial up the heat at MCCB.
MCCB [Official Photo]

BBQ King House

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Devour a variety of meats at this Chinese barbecue house. The popular Peking duck dinner feeds three to four people and comes with additional courses like fried shrimp and duck bone soup. Other menu highlight include soy sauce chicken, barbecued pork, and roasted pork.

MingHin Cuisine

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Now with six locations, MingHin is one of Chicagoland’s most well-known Chinese restaurants. Dim sum is always solid and served all day, while the dinner menu boasts intriguing delicacies like braised bird’s nest soup and seared foie gras. Pro tip: The Macau-style roasted pork belly is a must-order. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

Golden Bull

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Tucked away on a quieter section of Cermak Road, Golden Bull delivers no-frills homestyle cooking. Pan-seared beef and enormous steamed oysters are terrific, and those in need of late-night sustenance will find salvation in the rice casseroles. Order here.

A pot of rice casserole.
The rice casseroles are Golden Bull’s signature dish.
Golden Bull [Official Photo]

Dolo Restaurant and Bar

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Highly regarded for its made-to-order dim sum and fresh seafood, Dolo is an essential dining destination. Stop in during the day for shareable buns and dumplings or dine at night and enjoy Cantonese staples and Cajun-style boils. As an added bonus, customers don’t have to worry about finding parking since there’s a private lot. Order carryout and delivery through Dolo’s website.

Slurp Slurp Noodles

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Noodles are on virtually every Chinese menu but very few do it like this specialist. The kitchen hand pulls and shaves its noodles in-house and offers them in soup or stir fried. The homey dish is rounded out with protein options that include beef spare ribs, pork belly, brisket, lamb, seafood, some offal cuts, and more. Orders can be placed here.

A bowl of noodle soup.
Slurp Slurp makes its noodles from scratch every day.
Slurp Slurp Noodles [Official Photo]

Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum

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Chicago’s oldest traditional Chinese bakery is home to a world of sweet and savory delights. Fill a box up with barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, sesame balls, cookies, cakes, and much more. The budget-friendly menu also features dim sum items.

Barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, dim sum, and condiments on a table.
Discover an assortment of Chinese baked goods at Chiu Quon.
Chiu Quon [Official Photo]

Go 4 Food

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Chinatown locals head here for unique contemporary offerings that include taco baos, chili fusion seafood, and “millionaire-style fried rice” topped with seafood gravy. The eclectic menu is unlike any other in the neighborhood.

Happy Lamb Hot Pot

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Experience the ultimate form of communal dining with hot pot at Happy Lamb. For $23.99 per person, enjoy an endless amount of meats, seafood, veggies, noodles, tofu, and more. Similar to fondue, the ingredients are cooked in a pot of hot broth placed in the center of the table. A host of dipping sauces complement the food. As a result of the pandemic, the restaurant is packaging its meals for diners to make at home.

Da Mao Jia

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Diners may be familiar with Sichuan cuisine but Da Mao Jia explores new territory, focusing on the street food of Chengdu. There’s an exciting selection of offal bites alongside regional dishes like spare ribs, Zhong dumplings, handmade sweet and spicy noodles, and diced rabbit. Just be ready for the bold and spicy flavors to pack a punch. Place orders for pickup and delivery here.

Jade Court

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When Jade Court opened back in 2016, former Tribune critic Phil Vettel deemed it among the city’s best Chinese restaurants. The Cantonese spot shuttered in 2019 after owner Eddy Cheung passed away, but his daughter Carol revived it last fall at a new space in Hyde Park. The menu still features skillfully executed favorites like a Peking duck feast and lobster and Dungeness crab prepared in various styles. Place carryout and delivery orders here.

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Chef Ping

One of the best Chinese restaurants in Chicagoland is located out in Rolling Meadows. The American Chinese go-tos are always safe bets, but it’s the homestyle dishes that really set Chef Ping apart. Try the Gan Pong recipes — fried proteins in a sweet and spicy sauce — or old-time favorites such as shredded pork with yellow leeks. Online ordering is available here.

Sun Wah BBQ

Guests are greeted by the sight of hanging meats like barbecued pork and salt-baked chicken at this beloved Uptown eatery. But the main attraction here is the Peking duck feast. A whole roasted duck is carved tableside and served with steamed bao, garnishes, and hoisin sauce. The remains are then used to make duck soup and fried rice. Call ahead to reserve the duck; alcohol is BYO.

Three duck baos on a plate.
Sun Wah is renowned for its Peking duck.
Sun Wah BBQ [Official Photo]

Furama

There are many places to get dim sum in Chicago but very few are still doing it like Furama. On weekends, servers push carts of food around the room for guests to choose from. The iconic dining experience features baskets of shrimp dumplings, barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, and more. Click here for orders to go.

D Cuisine

The North Side is a relative dim sum desert but this Lincoln Park tearoom gives Chicagoans a reason to venture outside of Chinatown for their fill of buns and dumplings. D Cuisine makes its dim sum in-house and offers a full lineup all day long. Munch on classics like siu mai, chicken feet, and congee or go with the Guangzhou-style roasted chicken for an impeccable large course. Online orders can be placed here.

A variety of dim sum spread out on a table.
D Cuisine provides the North Side with another dim sum option.
D Cuisine [Official Photo]

Chengdu Impression

Set taste buds on fire with copious amounts of chilis and peppercorns. Lincoln Park’s Sichuan expert satisfies mala — the province’s famous mouth-numbing flavor — cravings with choices like mapo tofu, dandan noodles, and dry chili chicken. They provide warming comfort during the cold season and leave a lasting impression. Online ordering is done here.

A plate of dry chili chicken.
Clear the sinuses with Chengdu Impression’s dry chili chicken.
Chengdu Impression [Official Photo]

Lao Peng You

Brothers Daniel and Eric Wat opened this small West Town restaurant in late 2019 and quickly earned recognition for their handmade specialties. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories and family recipes, the two have created exceptional dumplings swimming in hot and sour broth and noodles available two ways — cold or in soups. Be sure to save some room for the lamb-cumin flatbread too. Lao Peng You currently accepts orders for pickup and lunch delivery.

A circular plated filled with Chinese dumplings.
Lao Peng You’s fresh dumplings arrive in a hot and sour broth.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

Arguably the finest dumplings in Chicago can be had in Chinatown. QXY specializes in soup dumplings filled with everything from pork and lamb to premium ingredients like lobster and sea urchin. Barbecue skewers are popular as well. Click here to order.

Dumplings, side dishes, a teapot, utensils, and more laid out on a table.
Diners have a seemingly endless amount of dumpling options at QXY.
Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings [Official Photo]

Tsaocaa

Originally hailing from China, this café chain doles out a variety of milk teas. Customers can have them blended with fruits or topped with extras like a foamy layer of milk, cream cheese, and salt — a variation known as cheese tea. There are also food items like fried chicken, Hong-Kong-style egg waffles, and shaved ice. Online ordering is available on Tsaocaa’s site.

Five cups of milk tea on a table.
Customers can customize their milk teas with lots of extras at Tsaocaa.
Tsaocaa [Official Photo]

Phoenix Restaurant

Considered by some to be Chinatown’s premier restaurant, Phoenix has it all. The neighborhood stalwart treats diners to dim sum served from push carts and multi-course, family-style meals consisting of all of the essential Cantonese dishes. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Baskets of dim sum on a table.
Phoenix has been a fixture in Chinatown since 1996.
Phoenix Restaurant [Official Photo]

MCCB

MCCB (which stands for Modern Chinese Cook Book) takes a contemporary approach to Sichuan cuisine. The signature dish — a Chongqing specialty — stars grilled whole fish bathing in fiery chili broth. Dry chili shrimp, spicy Chengdu dumplings, and twice-cooked pork also warrant a try. Ordering can be done here.

A plate of Chongqing-style spicy fish.
Dial up the heat at MCCB.
MCCB [Official Photo]

BBQ King House

Devour a variety of meats at this Chinese barbecue house. The popular Peking duck dinner feeds three to four people and comes with additional courses like fried shrimp and duck bone soup. Other menu highlight include soy sauce chicken, barbecued pork, and roasted pork.

MingHin Cuisine

Now with six locations, MingHin is one of Chicagoland’s most well-known Chinese restaurants. Dim sum is always solid and served all day, while the dinner menu boasts intriguing delicacies like braised bird’s nest soup and seared foie gras. Pro tip: The Macau-style roasted pork belly is a must-order. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

Golden Bull

Tucked away on a quieter section of Cermak Road, Golden Bull delivers no-frills homestyle cooking. Pan-seared beef and enormous steamed oysters are terrific, and those in need of late-night sustenance will find salvation in the rice casseroles. Order here.

A pot of rice casserole.
The rice casseroles are Golden Bull’s signature dish.
Golden Bull [Official Photo]

Dolo Restaurant and Bar

Highly regarded for its made-to-order dim sum and fresh seafood, Dolo is an essential dining destination. Stop in during the day for shareable buns and dumplings or dine at night and enjoy Cantonese staples and Cajun-style boils. As an added bonus, customers don’t have to worry about finding parking since there’s a private lot. Order carryout and delivery through Dolo’s website.

Slurp Slurp Noodles

Noodles are on virtually every Chinese menu but very few do it like this specialist. The kitchen hand pulls and shaves its noodles in-house and offers them in soup or stir fried. The homey dish is rounded out with protein options that include beef spare ribs, pork belly, brisket, lamb, seafood, some offal cuts, and more. Orders can be placed here.

A bowl of noodle soup.
Slurp Slurp makes its noodles from scratch every day.
Slurp Slurp Noodles [Official Photo]

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Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum

Chicago’s oldest traditional Chinese bakery is home to a world of sweet and savory delights. Fill a box up with barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, sesame balls, cookies, cakes, and much more. The budget-friendly menu also features dim sum items.

Barbecue pork buns, egg tarts, dim sum, and condiments on a table.
Discover an assortment of Chinese baked goods at Chiu Quon.
Chiu Quon [Official Photo]

Go 4 Food

Chinatown locals head here for unique contemporary offerings that include taco baos, chili fusion seafood, and “millionaire-style fried rice” topped with seafood gravy. The eclectic menu is unlike any other in the neighborhood.

Happy Lamb Hot Pot

Experience the ultimate form of communal dining with hot pot at Happy Lamb. For $23.99 per person, enjoy an endless amount of meats, seafood, veggies, noodles, tofu, and more. Similar to fondue, the ingredients are cooked in a pot of hot broth placed in the center of the table. A host of dipping sauces complement the food. As a result of the pandemic, the restaurant is packaging its meals for diners to make at home.

Da Mao Jia

Diners may be familiar with Sichuan cuisine but Da Mao Jia explores new territory, focusing on the street food of Chengdu. There’s an exciting selection of offal bites alongside regional dishes like spare ribs, Zhong dumplings, handmade sweet and spicy noodles, and diced rabbit. Just be ready for the bold and spicy flavors to pack a punch. Place orders for pickup and delivery here.

Jade Court

When Jade Court opened back in 2016, former Tribune critic Phil Vettel deemed it among the city’s best Chinese restaurants. The Cantonese spot shuttered in 2019 after owner Eddy Cheung passed away, but his daughter Carol revived it last fall at a new space in Hyde Park. The menu still features skillfully executed favorites like a Peking duck feast and lobster and Dungeness crab prepared in various styles. Place carryout and delivery orders here.

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